Religious Education

Nurture Spirituality. Foster Compassion. Engage in Service.

“My wife and I came to CUUC after a long period without any religious connection, mainly to give our children a better moral and ethical grounding without imposing a particular set of beliefs. The RE program has encouraged them to develop their own values and beliefs, awakening their compassion for others, and has also transformed us as parents through teaching and volunteering.”
~ Al R.

 

Welcome!

Greetings and welcome to our religious education programs for children, youth, and adults. The primary goal of our religious education program is to inspire discovery, inquiry, interrelationships and reverence for life in its infinite diversity. Each class uses appropriate curricula to provide the tools for all ages to understand and articulate their Unitarian Universalist faith. We offer safe spaces to understand and explore beliefs in an intergenerational community. The following is our usual Sunday morning schedule: 

From 9:30 - 11:30

Each Sunday morning, we have nursery care available for young children.

From 10:00 - 10:20

Children and youth worship in the sanctuary with their families. On our special Whole Congregation Worship Sundays, our young people remain in the santuary for the entire service. On Sundays when Religious Education classes meet, children, youth, and volunteers leave worship after the first hymn.

From 10:30 - 11:30

Many Sundays, children and youth attend Religious Education classes geared to their specific age. Visit "Children & Youth" for more information on programs.

Safety 

In order to ensure the safety of both our children and our adults we have enacted a “Safe Congregations Policy.” All staff, religious education volunteers, and adult helpers regularly working with children and youth undergo background screening. We require that there be at least two unrelated adults in each space with children and youth. In addition, we have a Safe Congregations Committee made up of qualified individuals to address concerns.
 

Covenantal Faith

Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal faith.  We do not all have to believe the same thing so part of what unites us in community is our covenant (commitment, agreement) to support each other on our unique, individual journeys.  Our congregation has a community covenant and at the beginning of each year, classes and youth group create their small group covenants. This is an opportunity to listen to what each person needs in that space and from each other so they can continue learning and growing.  These agreements are recorded and posted so they are available as a resource throughout the year to call each other back into covenant, to remind ourselves of the promises we made to each other when challenges arise.  

In addition, the Religious Education ministry at CUUC strives to create thoughtful communication and connections in a climate that promotes and affirms the values of our seven UU Principles and supports the CUUC mission. The ultimate objective is for each adult, each youth and each child to experience a positive and rewarding learning experience. To read our Behavior Policy, click HERE.